An Architect and Casual Business Portraits- Corporate Headshots- West Hartford, CT

Last week, I met up with Michael Kilkelly who is the owner and head architect at Space Command architecture in Middletown, CT. Michael contacted me to get a series of casual, creative headshots to use on his new business website. I was really excited to do this shoot with him for a couple of reasons:

#1) my business is heavily concentrated on women, babies, children, families, etc. And though there are frequently men present at my sessions, it is rare that they get much camera time. So having an hour to just shoot with a man is a great opportunity for me to shoot with a more masculine perspective, which I love doing.

#2) I have become kind of obsessed with the belief that everyone, in every profession, should have a high quality headshot taken of themselves. This is particularly critical for anyone who owns a business of their own. When you put in all of the work it takes to create a website, it is just crazy to not have a professional, high quality photo of yourself on there.

I think there is a misconception that headshots have to look like a mugshot, up against a boring backdrop while sporting a stuffy business suit. The truth is that this is becoming less and less common in the workplace. It is much more common now to see a more relaxed, artistic photo that is better able to convey a person’s individual style and personality. When Michael contacted me about photos, he knew that he wanted photos that looked professional, but that showed his creative, unique style as well. Prior to our session, we shared inspiration photos and wardrobe ideas via Pinterest and then selected locations that would help us achieve the look we were hoping to capture. As always, I find that a critical part of the relationship between photographer and client is this type of collaboration and advance planning. It is what makes it possible to achieve a vision like we did with this session.

The samples I am sharing today show you the type of variety that I strive for with a business portrait session. This session proves that corporate headshots don’t have to be stuffy and boring. Business portraits can be fun, creative, and unique while still being professional. If you don’t have shots like this for your website, blog, Linkedin profile, company bio, etc, you need to call me right away and book an appointment. Just say no to blurry photos taken by your friends or spouse. Instead, say yes to photos like these:-)……

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If you are looking for a creative, experienced architect, here is some more info about Michael and his work:

Michael Kilkelly is the owner of Space Command, an architecture firm in Middletown, CT. Space Command focuses on beautifully designed and thoughtfully detailed residential and light commercial projects. A graduate of Norwich University and MIT, Michael recently moved back to New England after seven years in Los Angeles. While in LA, Michael worked for the renowned architect Frank Gehry on a number of high-profile museum and theater projects. Though he misses living near the beach, Michael is happy to have four seasons back. Michael can be reached via email at michael@spacecmd.comor through his website (http://www.spacecmd.com).

 

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Portraits in Blue Back Square- Portrait Photographer in West Hartford, CT

This past Saturday, I had three fantastic portrait sessions that I hope to post over the next several days. My first client was looking to get some updated head shots and portraits for professional and personal reasons, so we decided to meet up for a fun session in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square. There were so many cool doorways, stone walls, and stairways to work with that we had plenty of locations to choose from. The best part was that he is really into film, so we got to do some cool shots at the Criterion Theatre as well. It was so great to work with someone who is taking the initiative to hire a professional photographer to help polish their look and present themselves in the best light possible. Between websites, blogs, online dating, Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, etc, there are dozens of ways that we are connecting with people via the internet and photos now. Unfortunately, it has come to the point where many times you are being judged by how you appear online before someone has ever even met you! There is a lot of pressure to look attractive, approachable, professional, fun, etc, etc, etc…..So it makes sense that more and more people are turning to professional photographers to help them polish and present their image. I think it is genius and it has me thinking very seriously about hiring a photographer to do my own photos soon! So here are my top favorites from our session: